In her column today, Peggy Noonan displays some of that feminine wisdom which once made me love her.Â She doesn’t think the race is over and acknowledges the media bias:Â “The press knows who the press is for, and it isn’t generally the one to the right.”
She faults McCain for not understanding that challenge:
What has also been true is that the Republican had to get around it with the truth of his stands, the force of his arguments, the un-ignorability of his words, the power of his presence. You have to go over the head of the interpreters and gently seize the country by its lapels.
She’s amazed at how well McCain is doing given all that he’s up against: “this is the worst Republican year in generations. Amid two wars, a deep economic crisis, a fractured base, too much cynicism, and a campaign with the wind not at its back but head on in its face.”
And while she finds Barack Obama decisive when it come to advancing own career:
But when it comes to decisions that have to do with larger issues, with great questions and not with him, things get murkier. There is the long trail of the missed and “present” votes, the hesitance on big questions. One wonders if in the presidency he’ll be like the dog that chased the car and caught it: What’s he supposed to do now?
That goes to the heart of my problem with Obama. We just don’t know how he’ll react when he has to be the final decision maker. As Peggy notes, he’s not a “buck stops here” kind of guy. His career suggest that on important matters, he’d rather just pass the buck.
But, as president, you can’t do that.